Protesting a 94 Year Old's DNR.
Family members of an elderly women under a court-ordered "do not resuscitate order" in an Orland Park assisted living center joined members of a local right-to-life group Saturday to protest the court decision, saying their "beloved aunt" should be kept alive by all means necessary.
"This is the dark side of probate court," said Jay Drabik, a nephew of 94-year-old Lydia Tyler, who remained heavily medicated and unresponsive in a room at the Brighton Gardens Assisted Living Center at 16051 S. LaGrange Road.
The case has echoes of the prolonged court battle over Terri Schiavo, in which family members feuded for seven years over whether Schiavo's feeding tubes should be removed as per the wishes of her husband.
In Tyler's case, her brother, James Drabik, and two other relatives authorized a court-appointed guardian to convene an "end-of-life" meeting for Tyler late last month, leading to the "do not resuscitate order," said Lynn Drabik, a niece who joined other protesters Saturday.
Relatives who want to keep Tyler alive dispute a doctor's finding that she is in a state of advanced Alzheimer's and not capable of living independently. Only a month ago, they say, Tyler held a birthday party and posed for pictures with family members.
Attempts to reach Tyler's brother, or an attorney representing him, were unsuccessful Saturday.
Meanwhile, protesters fear Tyler could die at any moment under the influence of strong narcotics meant to ease her into death without pain.
"Nobody wants her to be in pain, but you euthanize pets and animals, not people," said Jay Drabik.